Saturday, January 29, 2011

My first job fair experience

This week, me and my friend Krish checked out our school's University Job Fair. We went there during the first day of the fair so there were only a few people who were around. However most of the HR representatives of the different companies were already there. We brought a number of copies of our resumes with us and checked out the various job openings of the companies we liked.

We major in geography so ideally our jobs would be more on the mapping, engineering, writing, travel and education side if we are to look for possible work in job fairs. Some companies wanted us to submit our resumes to them thinking we were business majors. It was also kind of fun explaining our major to some HRs present in the job fair. I applied for the following jobs.

1) I applied as a GIS specialist and as an environmental assistant in a popular copper mining company. Among the companies I submitted my resumes to, I really would like to get accepted in this one. It's a mapping and environment job so it's very close to our major. Hopefully they'll give us a call. I'd be very happy even with an interview.

2) I applied as an earth science, geography and social science teacher in two international schools. I am already highly-recommended in one of the international schools I applied for as I got a high score in their exam and did well in the interview. They gave me a call immediately. The contract signing will be on March if ever and I'll be starting on May if I sign a contract. A final interview is coming. There's a chance I might be relocated to Cebu or TAcloban in case I get the job. I really like this said international school so far.

3) I also submitted my resume to a Mexican cement company. The company representative wanted to get our resumes so we gladly gave him a copy. Most probably we'll be on the marketing side of the company. marketing involves a lot of place and planning so I think we geography majors could definitely do it.

4) We also submitted our resume to a travel agency. The HR representative talked more to Krish than me though.

5) We also submitted our resumes to a company that send man-power to Singapore. We were just curious. We already knew what it was after we left the fair and researched about it in the web. The foreign guy was having a hard time with his English but he was patient enough to communicate with us. Props to him!

A number of employers there were for call center companies. I don't wanna work in a call center. The lifestyle doesn't suit me as I can't give up on my sleeping. The different HR representatives were all smiles and were very kind to explain the nature of their respective companies to curious graduating students like us. Even business corporations were willing to share some information with us even if our major is in the sciences/social sciences realm. Overall, the job fair in our university was a good experience for me. I enjoyed walking around the different booths and reading their respective materials. Regarding me and my possible first job after graduation, well I'm not really choosy. The important thing is that I will like my first job.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Story of the Three Trees

Here is a simple story about perseverance, faith and The Boss Up There bigger plan for each and every one of us of his creations.
Once there were three trees on a hill in a woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said "Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty."

Then the second tree said "Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull."

Finally the third tree said. "I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.."

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, "This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter." and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.

At the second tree a woodsman said, "This looks like a strong tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard." The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.

When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of the woodsman said, "I don't need anything special from my tree so I'll take this one" and he cut it down.

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for. The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark.

The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams. Then one day, a man and women came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn't think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said "peace" and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the king of kings in it's boat.

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.

The moral of this story is that when things don't seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined.

I posted this story to remind us that we are here for a purpose. There are that moments in our life when we think we are just a step away from achieving our dream but then suddenly it changed in a matter of seconds. We should always remember that even when things go wrong, heaven has a way of making things right. Everything has a purpose, even the hard times. Always keep in mind that heaven has a mysterious and rewarding way of making things right.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Radiate your essence

Gary Go

The Year of the Rabbit is finally here. No new year resolutions for me. Just new year wishes and a list of a bunch of stuff I want to do. I would like to do a lot of things this year.

The previous year was a good one. T'was a very eventful 360+ days in both good and not-so-good ways. The losers would say that lessons are learned every time. Since I like pretending that I'm a loser, I'm sharing the lessons I've learned. Just a few of the many. The others are to dire to be shared. These lessons are essential to start 2011 with a wider understanding along with a fresh outlook.

Faith is important because sometimes it's the only thing we have.

No one can help us more than God Himself. It's not important what religion you belong to as long as we acknowledge that there is someone greater than us up above. In times of need, we hold on to our faith.

The best way to battle impossible people is just to mind your own business.

Impossible people are those guys who everybody praises, loves and admires. There's nothing wrong with that. The bad thing is, when the 'impossible people' do something bad to you and you say it, nobody will believe you since the majority will think that the impossible person 'cannot do such a thing' and you as a victim shall be branded as someone who's just insecure and jealous. Indeed things like this happen guys. I'm sure some of you experienced being in this situation. Someone gets everything you want, but you don't think that he or she is deserving, yet you can't do anything.

College is a place where people are easily impressed, and impossible people of our age like attention. The best thing to do? Don't mind them and just mind your own business. It's hard at first especially when everyone's raving about the impossible person but you'll get by. By focusing on your own aspirations and not let the impossible people ruin your way, you will realize that attention and admiration is not important. It's character. As long as you have a good character, you're on the money. This brings us to my next lesson.

Character is indeed more important than reputation.

I've read a passage before that says character is who you really are and reputation is what others think of you. Reputation is important but isn't character more important than reputation? Your character is your personal home. A home inside you to make you feel secure about you is yourself and your real ambitions and dreams. And besides, reputation won't get you to heaven. So what if one has a good reputation? It all seems nonsense to me if underneath the sweet smells and the sparkling achievements his character is no less than that of a crocodile's.

People who consider you as their friend don't necessarily have to be your friend.

We choose our friends, but it doesn't mean that if someone chooses us as his or her friend we are then required to classify them as ours. No, that's not the case. Hurtful words aren't necessary. We can just leave things like that. What's important is that we know who our real friends are. Friends who we share a mutual respect and empathy for. Not considering someone your friend despite what the other person thinks about you doesn't make you a bad person. It only makes you honest with yourself. As long as you do not do any harm to the other person, then everything's fine. But if the situation calls for it, you can always say your feelings in a civil and respectful manner.

Not everything that seems like the answer to your prayers is indeed the answer.

We may want something so badly sometimes that we pray a lot to God that he will grant our it for us. There are times when we think our prayers are answered but truly, these are just trouble disguised as solutions. That's why it's important to keep some of our deepest desires to ourselves or to people we really trust. Why? Other people may try to take advantage of us armed with the object of our desire as their bait. Be careful, because sometimes the answer to our prayers is a big 'No.' We need to learn to accept that some things are better off not happening.

Identify the people who really matter in your life. Seriously.

Most of the year I've asked myself who are the important people in my life who should be receiving the best of me. I've come up with a small number people and when I think about it, these people I have identified never fail to make me happy in a contented and warm way. Some of them might be close friends and others might just be acquaintances but they're all important characters in my story. If no one matters, then at least identify the ones that are essential for your survival you cannibalistic cloud.

People don't really need to know what you're doing.

You don't really need to announce that you're taking an exam to a prestigious law school , doing the world's biggest laundry ever or that you are applying for a graduate degree somewhere else in the world. Telling your close friends and family is alright, but you don't need to tell the entire universe about it. It's all show off. If we really want to achieve something, aren't we supposed to be working for it and not blabbering about it?

Sharing your sentiments of hardships in achieving your goal is better off if you share it with loyal friends, That Guy up above who created everything or your trusted family members. That's more than enough and you'll get meaty advice and thoughts from them. You can also express yourself in different ways such as writing a journal to organize your thoughts, calling up a friend on the phone to ask for advice or run to the green fields with a plaster smile and forever look like you're on frozen high.

Don't base your dreams on one person.

Me and one of my close friends were talking about this in a coffee shop in Manila. Don't base your dreams on another person, because once that person decided to leave your life, the dreams you've been thinking for both of you would disappear. As my mom tells me, it's not right to base your dreams on another person because the other person has a mind of his or her own. He or she can choose to leave you anytime. Nothing is sure in the world. It's equally important to be happy on your own as it is to be happy when your are with someone or when you are with your friends.

People change and that includes yourself.

Who would have thought I would be more open but at the same time remain more anti-social? My views regarding other people have mostly changed for the better. However I have also began to be more cautious about people who want to enter my life. Whoever said that people change forgot to mention himself.

Be true to yourself as much as you can.

I said as much as you can because there are times when we don't really need to be true to ourselves (i.e. wanting to make someone disappear or wishing for a pet elephant). This also means that you can write something even with just your boxers on.